Research at the School of Occupational Therapy
addresses a wide range of diverse topics related to the daily functioning of
individuals with various disabilities, as well as that of healthy populations.
Our research focuses on the development of evaluation tools and various types of
intervention as well as on increasing our understanding of assorted disabilities
and their underlying mechanisms.
Many of our research initiatives are clinical,
and are carried out in treatment and rehabilitation centers as well as in the
natural surroundings in which people live and function. Basic research,
incorporating a range of specialized equipment (such as fMRI, fEEG, PET and
Virtual Reality technology) and conducted in on-campus laboratories, comprises
the remainder of the research carried out at the school.
The types of research questions addressed in
occupational science often require an interdisciplinary approach. As a result,
much of the research at the school is performed in collaboration with
researchers from a wide range of complementary fields, such as medicine,
neuroscience, psychology, neuropsychology and computer science. Our research is
conducted within the framework of four research laboratories, which are
coordinated by faculty members.